No one talks much about elder abuse.

Not the victims who are too frightened, too ashamed or too ill to tell someone.

Not the neighbors who may not recognize the problem or don’t know who to tell.

And not the perpetrators.

Elder abuse is hidden. It thrives in silence. 

Elder abuse exists in every community and every neighborhood, rich and poor, even in “nice” families. Elder abuse occurs more often in people’s homes than in nursing homes. Adult children and grandchildren are often abusers. Sometimes it’s an acquaintance or caregiver.

If you know an older adult who is being harmed, break the silence.

Caring people can help stop elder abuse and mistreatment in their families and community.


WHAT IS THE UPSTATE ELDER ABUSE CENTER AT LIFESPAN

The Upstate Elder Abuse Center at Lifespan provides resources and a network of professionals who work to impact positive outcomes in the protection of victims of elder abuse through intervention, education and services.

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WHAT DOES THE UPSTAtE ELDER ABUSE CENTER AT LIFESPAN DO?

  • Investigation and intervention services in cases and suspected cases of elder abuse and mistreatment in ten Finger Lakes counties in upstate New York.
  • Informational presentations about elder abuse and mistreatment for organizations, agencies, caregivers and others throughout upstate New York.
  • Training for professionals and those who work with/have frequent contact with older adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and mistreatment and to facilitate intervention throughout upstate New York.
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This program is funded in part by Monroe County Office for the Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, US Administration on Aging, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, and participant contributions.